Having a pool in your backyard is definitely a plus, but only if the water is clean and clear. At ASP Coastal Virginia, we know how quickly pool water can turn murky, but with proper pool pump maintenance, that can be prevented. To help you out, we’ve put together a few ideas as a guide to maintaining your pool’s pump. Just follow these easy tips and we promise your pool pump will continue to work as it should, and keep your pool safe and clean.
Regular Cleanings = Safe Swimming
Regular pool cleanings are a necessity if you want to be able to enjoy your pool for years to come. As part of your pool cleanings, make sure to regularly empty the skimmer basket, vacuum the pool, and adjust chemicals as necessary.
Keep in mind that the water in your pool can turn cloudy (and unsafe) without proper cleanings done on a regular basis. As long as you can clearly see a coin or other small object resting at the bottom of your pool, you know you’re doing something right!
How Often Should Cleanings Be Done?
How often you perform pool cleanings can be dependent on your pool’s location. While we typically suggest a regular weekly cleaning for optimal water quality, a pool located in a wooded area may need attention daily. For example, when leaves and/or other debris fall into a pool, they should be removed immediately.
Keep an Eye on the Filter
As part of your regular cleanings, make sure to check the pool pump filter, too. Staying on top of cleaning out your filter will prevent clogging as well as burn out. While there are several types of pump filters, all are fairly easy to clean. Just follow the simple directions listed in your owner’s manual or consult with a professional if you aren’t sure what kind of filter you have or how to clean it.
Signs That Something Has Gone Awry
We foresee years of enjoyment when it comes to your pool, but occasionally things do happen. If something doesn’t seem quite right, check for the following:
- Loss of Suction
- Water is Leaking Around Pump
- Pump Motor Keeps Shutting Off
- Noisy Pump
- Sucking Air
If you notice any of the above taking place, it might be an indication your pool pump isn’t working right. Call a pool professional so they can assess whether your pump needs some repairs or needs to be replaced altogether.
If you would like to learn more about pool maintenance and cleaning, call ASP today at (480) 834-7665 or for more information.